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Contract contradicts Va. guv claim on wedding gift

Tuesday - 4/9/2013, 7:35pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a contract and paid a deposit for catering for his daughter's 2011 wedding, despite claims that $15,000 later paid by a major campaign donor to cover the catering expenses was a gift to his daughter and not to him.

The Washington Post reported (http://wapo.st/Z5ZW1I) Tuesday it obtained the catering contract signed by McDonnell, including notes he made to the caterer. The newspaper reports that McDonnell paid nearly $8,000 in deposits for the catering. His wife received a more than $3,500 refund for catering overpayment.

McDonnell has claimed that the gift from Star Scientific Inc. owner Johnnie Williams was not required to be reported under Virginia law because it was not a gift to him.

Williams' attorney also has said the $15,000 gift was for Cailin McDonnell.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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